Well, let's have a chapter with some action. Since these two happen to be involved in stopping the same bank robbery, let's see how things play out.
In case some of you have not noticed, I changed the rating of this story from M to T, since this story isn't going to have that much graphic content.
"Alright, I said stay down and SHUT UP!" One of the bank robbers began to fire rounds into the ceiling, earning several screams from the women and forcing them all to do as they were told. "Hurry up man! Get the money!"
"I'm on it!" The second one said. He held his gun towards the teller. "Hurry up with it." The waved the gun at her face while she filled a gym bag with the money she had.
From a dark corner at the back of the bank, Saji slowly appeared from the shadow. He walked over to the bodies of three security guards, kneeling down towards them all and putting a hand to their necks, one by one. "Hmm, no wounds, still alive. Perhaps they were knocked unconscious." Saji got back on his feet and continued to walk towards the main lobby of the bank.
One of the gunmen saw a woman getting up run for the door, but he grabbed her by the hair just in time. "Where do you think you're going? Huh?" He threw her down to the ground and pointed his shotgun to the back of her head. "You wanna live? DO YOU WANNA LIVE?"
"Yes!" The woman begged. "Yes, please, don't kill me." She brought her hands together, praying for mercy while she closed her eyes as tears streamed down her face.
He moved his gun away from the woman and then grabbed her by the hair again. "If you really wanna live, then beg for it." He threw her across the lobby, close to where Saji was standing. "BEG FOR IT!" As the woman was getting up, he slapped her with the back of his hand, knocking her down to the ground again. "Come on, I wanna hear you beg." He lifted his hand up to hit her again, but when it came close to her face, A gloved hand appeared and grabbed the swinging fist. "Huh?" He looked up and saw the masked clown face staring at him with the red crescent eyes.
"The quality of mercy is not strain'd, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It is twice blest, it blesseth him that gives and him that takes."
"What the fuck does that mean?" The gunman pointing his gun at Saji.
"Have some respect for the lady." Saji grabbed the barrel of the shotgun with his left hand and reached for his hat to grab the purple feather with his right. He then swiped the hands of the gunman with the feather cutting them. The gunman dropped his shotgun and backed away as Saji put the feather back on his hat.
The scream from their fellow member caught the attention of the other gunmen, who turned to see Saji standing there. "What the fuck?"
"I hope you are all ready." Saji said, "For I plan to take you somewhere away from here. Care to know where?" Despite getting no response, Saji answered regardless.
"Criminal souls, take a trip through this road.
For you have broken the world's law, it's code.
You will all be sent here for what you have done.
Be best prepared boys, for this journey has come.
What am I?"
"I am..." Saji slowly reached for one of his swords. "...your demise."
Suddenly, a bright red flash appeared right next to Saji. He looked away to not hurt his eyes, using his arm to help cover the light. From the flash, Blood Rose stood in its place with his rapier drawn. "Alright, that's far enough for you goons."
"What the fuck is going on here!" One of the gunmen shouted. "Where do these freaks come from?"
"Freaks? There's another?"
"I believe that he meant me." Saji said.
"The hell with this! Kill them both!" The gunmen raised their guns and aimed it at the two masked heroes.
"What the hell are you doing here?" Blood Rose asked. "This is my heroic act." The two leaned back to dodge a bullet that was shot in their direction, still focusing on each other. "You find your own."
"This is my own." Saji punched at the gunman that came running at the two. "And if I'm not mistaken, I was here before you were."
Blood Rose's rapier then reverted back to a rose. "This is my city. We do things my way." As more bullets came firing towards them, Blood Rose deflected them away with his telekinesis, keeping his eyes on Saji while his hands did the work. Some of them managed to strike and wound two of the gunmen. They weren't fatal, but harmful enough to incapacitate them. "And I thought you were leaving."
"I was." Saji answered. A bullet came in his direction, but Saji drew out one of his swords, strike the bullet and splitting it directly in half. The two halved missed Saji and hit the wall on the other side. "But then I found out about this and felt I needed to get involved." When one of the gunmen came charging at Saji once more, he slashed at his stomach with his sword, still having his attention on Blood Rose.
"Well, there is no need for you to get involved." Blood Rose said. "I can handle this all on my own." As two gunmen came running towards them, Blood Rose grabbed on of them with his telekinesis and slammed him directly at the other, knocking them out cold. "Just let me handle this on my own and you catch your train out of here."
Saji then threw his sword out and succeeded in striking down another one of the gunman. "May I at least help out?" He asked. "I have not done any heroic deeds in years, I just want the feeling again." He drew out his second sword to deflect a stray bullet.
Blood Rose sighed, with his head dropping. With his hand, he telekinetically flipped a table over, using it as a shield against more of the bullets and taking down the final gunmen. "Alright, I guess having help would be nice."
"Perfect." Tai smiled underneath the mask. "Let's do some good."
When the two finally broke their focus from each other and to the situation at hand, they were surprised to find the entire bank empty. All the gunmen were on the floor either unconscious or dead, the hostages were all out of the bank, and the police were on their way in. "What the..." Blood Rose looked around the bank. "Did somebody do our job?"
Saji walked over to the body of the gunmen that had his sword through the chest. "I believe we may have done this ourselves." He pressed his right foot on the body and pulled the sword out.
Police have now carried out the last of the criminals from the bank and into their patrol cars or body bags. Blood Rose and Saji stood outside of the bank with one of the police officers.
"Well I appreciate your help with this Blood Rose." The officer said. "But I'm still concerned about the condition this clown had put few of them."
Saji stood with his cape covering his overall body. Strangely, the condition of Saji's clothes had regained it's 'youth', all rips and blood stains had disappeared, looking new. "Well, I do apologize for my actions, but I assure you, I was only concerned for the safety of the innocent."
Blood Rose looked back to the officer after hearing Saji's answer. "There isn't gonna be a problem is there officer?"
"Well..." The police officer scratched his head. "Even if I actually wanted to, I know how you superheroes would react. Personally, I have no problem against you guys." He looked back to the rescued hostages from the bank. "And you two did save lives. I'll let this slide because of that."
Blood Rose smiled in appreciation. "Thank you. We're just glad to be able to do some good for the people." He looked over to Saji. "We should be heading out, there might be more lives to save."
"I agree." Saji nodded. "Let's take off."
Blood Rose held onto Saji's shoulder and in a quick second, the two disappeared in a red flash, leaving the officer standing awed.
Back at the junkyard where Saji and Blood Rose had escaped the Dark Ocean from, a stray cat was wandering around looking for it's next meal. While searching around the junkyard, the cat began to slow down on its pace, until the cat was suddenly frozen in place. From the ground, a small dark pool began to seep out, expanding larger until it was roughly the size of a car tire. As the strange essence began to expand some more, a hand began to protrude from within. As the hand expanded further with a whole arm, the hand clenched into a fist as a face slowly emerged from the pool.
"..." A deep growl came from within. "...Kamiya..."
Blood Rose and Saji were now at the top of a high skyscraper. Saji stood while looking around the sky, slowing spinning around to admire the beauty of the night sky. Blood Rose at the edge of the tower, hanging his legs off the side. "I gotta say, that was one weird hero's time."
"At least the task was complete." Saji said. "Lives were saved, evil was eliminated, all's well that ends well. Saji then sat down by Blood Rose, looking over the city's night light. Saji then removed his mask to get a better look at the view. "This is a great view, you come up here often?"
"How can I not?" Takato removed his own mask. "This building was where I first had my superhero experience. I saved lives in this building." Takato looked back to that night; the fear and panic the terrorists caused, the pumping of the adrenaline throughout his body, and the feeling of success after stopping them. Something like that could never be forgotten so easily. "I'm nostalgic that way."
Tai then fell onto his back, keeping his feet hanging off the edge. "Well, you sure do have a good eye for a good view." Tai admired the stars above him as he stared up to the sky. It was so long since he looked at darkness and saw it so beautifully.
Takato, seeing how he was just so fixed on staring at the stars, decided to do the same. "I guess you really missed all this."
"Of course." Tai said. "It might've been only two years here, but it felt much longer."
Takato placed his rapier down next to him, letting it transform into it's Rose form. He then joined Tai in lying down under the sky. "So, what do you want to do now? Are you going to go home, or do you want to stay and give me a hand?"
"I dunno." Tai answered. "I guess a day or two wouldn't hurt."
"You're more than welcome to stay at my place." Takato offered, he then sat back up. "But you'll be sleeping on the sofa. And you're gonna have to ease up on the food."
"Good. It's not easy taking care of Rika and you on a librarian's salary."
Tai sat up to meet Takato at eye level. "I get it. But I think I have plenty to last me for a few days." Tai pulled out several bills of yen.
"Hey, where'd you get that?" Takato asked, surprised that Tai had money on him.
"Took it from the dead bodies."
"What? It's not like they were gonna use it." Tai said, defending his actions. "And besides, it'll be much easier on you now that I don't have to mooch off you." Tai looked down to the streets below, looking at the people walking by and the cars. "I haven't had anything alcoholic for so long, I need some. You wanna join me?"
"So, that's a no?"
"What the hell do you think?" Takato asked. "Of course it means no."
"Fine, more for me." Tai put his mask back on and looked over to Takato. "Ta ta." He then fell over the edge, falling down to the streets below.
"Tai!" Takato looked down to Saji, but as he was getting closer to the ground, he suddenly disappeared in a puff of black smoke. Takato smiled and scoffed at it. "Magical asshole." Suddenly, his cellphone went off, playing a familiar ringtone. Takato pulled his phone out and answered it. "Hi Rika."
"I saw what happened on the news." Rika said on the other line. "Not bad."
"Thanks. But I get the feeling you're calling for something else."
"My mom and my grandma went out for the night. Can I come over?"
"Yeah, sure. I'll be home in a few minutes." When Rika hung up, Takato put his phone away. He got up from the ledge and looked down, putting his mask back on and grabbing his rose. "Leap of faith." Takato stepped over the edge and descended down. Halfway through his descent, he disappeared in a sudden flash, teleporting back to his apartment. When he arrived at his apartment, he landed hard on the floor of his living room. "Ow..."
Tai sat alone at a bar with an empty shot glass in his hands. His Dark Jester gear was in his bag, hanging from his back. "One more." The bartender came by and poured him another shot of his alcohol.
"You want anything else?" She asked.
"I'm fine." Tai answered.
She smiled at him as she walked away to tend to others at the bar table. Tai glanced at her while she wasn't looking at him. He had to admit, after spending so long without a woman in sight, it was nice change to be able to see such a gorgeous one. But having his eyes on her kept his mind focusing on Sora. He missed her deeply, but he didn't even know if she still loved him. He quickly downed the shot and put the glass back on the table.
"We interrupt this program with breaking news."
Tai's attention turned to the TV at the corner of the bar table near him.
"Another rescue was made by Odaiba's caped hero Vestige." The reporter said. "No footage was made due to the large smoke that was present at the scene, but the rescued citizens have been rescued and the perpetrator in custody."
"Nicely done, Davis." Tai smiled to himself.
While he kept his attention on the TV, the bartender returned to him and took notice of his eyes on the news. "You a superhero fan too?" She looked back at the TV. "I haven't felt this safe before they showed up. Now I feel comfortable walking alone at night."
"I guess you should respect those guys for risking their lives to save ours." Tai said.
"I suppose." The bartender smiled.
Tai opened the door to Takato's apartment and closing the door quietly. Having been at the bar for a while now, he knew that Takato would probably be asleep by now. Perhaps taking a quick shower would help him before going to sleep. Tai removed his jacket and shirt, tossing it onto the sofa and entering the bathroom. As he opened the door, he suddenly received a blast of heat; someone had been showering earlier. When Tai walked further into the bathroom, he realized that this person hadn't left.
And unless Takato had breasts, there was a naked woman in here.
"AAHH!" Rika wrapped her feminine features with her towel.
"Holy crap!" Tai turned away to not look at her. "I'm sorry!"
"What the hell's going on?" Takato shouted as he got out of his bedroom.
"Takato! It's not what you think!" Tai said.
"What the hell is wrong with you? You just walk into a bathroom unannounced?" Rika asked, wrapping the towel around her.
"How was I supposed to know you'd be here?" Tai asked.
"Tai, just get out the bathroom." Takato grabbed Tai and pulled him out closed the door behind him. "That was not cool."
"It was an accident." Tai said. "I'm serious."
"Dude, I haven't even seen her naked, and she's my girlfriend."
"You're not gonna kick me out because of this, are you?" Tai asked, looking concerned over the situation. "You kick me out, I'll sing right now."
"Oh, no you don't." Takato pointed a finger at him. "You sing, I'll staple your lips shut. Just go to sleep, I'm tired as hell."
"Can I at least shower?"
"Wait until Rika's out." Takato said as he went back to his room. "And no peeking."
"I wasn't peeking!" Tai shouted.
And that is the end of that. I figured I needed to give Tai his comedic side. After being quite dark in the Dark Jester stories, I thought adding a little humor to the whole 'jester' bit would be good.
Let's get those reviews on the way, and I'll have the next chapter up in time.